Departmental news



Professor Peter Venables

Posted on Thursday 27 April 2017

It is with great sadness that the Department of Psychology announces the death of Professor Peter Venables, founder of the Department and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University.


Analysing the way children sleep could help us to understand autism

Posted on Wednesday 29 March 2017

On average, humans spend roughly a third of their lives asleep. This might sound like quite a long time, but sleep has been shown to be vital for “normal” human functioning. Without enough sleep, things go downhill for most people pretty quickly.


Mysteries of the mind

Posted on Friday 24 March 2017

How the brain thinks is a question increasingly posed by students studying for an MSc in cognitive neuroscience at the Department of Psychology.


PhD studentship available on sleep

Posted on Friday 10 March 2017

We’re looking to recruit a PhD student to join the Sleep, Language and Memory lab, under the supervision of Dr Lisa Henderson and Prof Gareth Gaskell.


Two lectureships advertised

Posted on Monday 6 February 2017

Department of Psychology seeking talented academics to join our team


Face Recognition Workshop

Posted on Wednesday 14 December 2016

Team of researchers from the department’s ERC FaceVar Lab ran an experiment/public engagement workshop on face recognition at the London Science Museum.


Can your child help us understand sleep?

Posted on Thursday 24 November 2016

Dr Victoria Knowland speaks to Radio York about the ESRC-funded research project SleepSmart


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The Criminal Brain

Posted on Wednesday 5 October 2016

International expert discusses violent crime, prevention and punishment


Upcoming EPS-funded workshop on memory

Posted on Monday 19 September 2016

The Department of Psychology is organising an interdisciplinary workshop on memory to take place in January 2017


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Detecting breast cancer: how do experts spot problems so quickly?

Posted on Monday 12 September 2016

New research by Dr Karla Evans and colleagues investigates visual processes involved in evaluating mammograms.


Taught Postgraduate Funding Online Event

Posted on Thursday 7 July 2016

Find out more about how to fund your Masters degree at the University of York.


Psych!York – public engagement success

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2016

On 11th June, postgrads and postdocs from the department put on a full day of interactive exhibits and demonstrations of their research.


Cycologists Raise More Than £1000 for YuCycle

Posted on Friday 24 June 2016

Quentin Summerfield, Glyn Hallam, Liz Kirk, Justin Funnell and David Robertson recently took part in the YuCycle 2016 charity cycling event to raise money for student sports bursaries.


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Professor Alan Baddeley to receive prestigious international award.

Posted on Monday 9 May 2016

Professor Alan Baddeley is to receive the 2016 Major Advancement in Psychological Science Prize.


Would you choose a Blackberry over a Galaxy?

Posted on Monday 25 April 2016

Professor Steve Tipper and Dr Harriet Over win a £260,000 Leverhulme Trust grant to encourage healthy food choices.


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Daniel Baker wins top Vision Science award

Posted on Wednesday 13 April 2016

Dr Daniel Baker has been awarded the Marr Medal for his ground-breaking research into the mechanisms of vision.


The 2nd North East Face & Person Perception Workshop

Posted on Wednesday 13 April 2016

On Wednesday the 16th of March 2016, the FaceVar lab hosted a meeting which brought together face recognition researchers from universities across the North-East of England.


Search on for Next Director of York Neuroimaging Centre

Posted on Thursday 3 March 2016

The University of York is seeking to appoint a new director for YNiC who will be a full Professor in the Department of Psychology.


York Scientists Back Met. Police Super-recognisers

Posted on Tuesday 1 March 2016

Psychologists at the University of York Department of Psychology have concluded that officers in an elite face recognition squad in the Metropolitan Police possess extraordinary powers of perception.


Psychology Students and Staff Join The Tough Mudder Legion

Posted on Monday 29 February 2016

A team from the Department of Psychology completed the York Tough Mudder course on Saturday the 1st of August, proudly wearing their UoY Psychology t-shirts.


Former Students Return for Careers Event

Posted on Thursday 18 February 2016

Some recent and not-so-recent graduates returned to the department to tell our current students where their degree has taken them.


Sleep helps to consolidate learning

Posted on Monday 11 January 2016

Dr Lisa Henderson speaks on BBC Radio York and gives a public lecture on her research relating to sleep and learning.


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Head of Department to visit Hong Kong in January 2016

Posted on Monday 21 December 2015

Professor Quentin Summerfield will visit Hong Kong from 18th-25th January 2016. You can meet him and learn about Psychology at York at the British Council on 19th January and at other events during the week.


Eight PhD Studentships

Posted on Friday 13 November 2015

Eight fully funded PhD studentships are available for October 2016, deadline for applications: January 11th 2016


Four New Posts Available in the Department

Posted on Monday 12 October 2015

Three research posts and one administrative job are currently available, following the recent award of a four-year £1.3M ESRC research grant to Dr Lisa Henderson and Professor Gareth Gaskell at York, in collaboration with Professor Courtenay Norbury from University College London.


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International Students excel in Psychology at York

Posted on Monday 6 July 2015

Eight gain 1st class Honours


Face recognition specialists meet at York

Posted on Sunday 5 July 2015

The department recently hosted an event for face recognition researchers and practitioners.


Three New Lectureships in Psychology

Posted on Monday 29 June 2015

Three lecturers to be appointed as Department expands following REF success and introduction of 4-year MPsych Programme


Artistic Autistic triumphs at national competition

Posted on Monday 22 June 2015

Artistic Autistic represented the University of York at national competition Uni Popshop and won three out of four prizes.


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Dr Gavin Phillips wins ‘Inspirational Lecturer’ award

Posted on Tuesday 16 June 2015

Student led excellence awards votes Gavin most inspirational lecturer of the year.


Cycologists complete YuCycle 2015

Posted on Tuesday 9 June 2015

Seven keen cycologists from York Psychology completed this year's YuCycle challenge.


Prestigious Award for founding Head of Department

Posted on Friday 8 May 2015

Professor Peter Venables receives his Lifetime Achievement Award at BPS conference


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‘Real-life Dr Dolittles’

Posted on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Dr Katie Slocombe takes part in a Nature podcast about animal communication.


Smartphone face recognition improved by copying the brain

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Face recognition security on smartphones can be significantly improved if users store an ‘average’ photo of themselves.


‘Face Facts’ say ScienceGrrl Psychologists

Posted on Wednesday 11 March 2015

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Dr Kay Ritchie and Eilidh Noyes challenge visitors’ face perception skills at the Yorkshire Museum


Dr Jonny Smallwood wins €1.8M European Research Council grant

Posted on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Jonny’s project, entitled “Not all minds that wander are lost”, will explore the mechanisms that support our capacity to generate conscious thoughts.


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Dr Nick Barraclough secures multimillion pound interdisciplinary grant

Posted on Thursday 26 February 2015

A University of York interdisciplinary collaboration has led to a large research grant being secured.


Specialist neuroimaging workshop announced.

Posted on Monday 23 February 2015

Two day course in Multivariate Pattern Analysis tools, May 11-12 2015.


University of York seeks Professor of Clinical/Forensic Psychology

Posted on Friday 20 February 2015

The Department aims to appoint a leading academic to develop world-class research and extend our teaching excellence in these areas.


Dr Rob Jenkins speaks to UN

Posted on Thursday 19 February 2015

Dr Rob Jenkins sets out the importance of Science in achieving the UN’s goals.


Psychology student to address national conference

Posted on Tuesday 17 February 2015

Ellie Whittaker will help Women’s Football Festival to boost cancer charity.


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Chimps learn to share calls that refer to specific foods

Posted on Thursday 5 February 2015

Sounds converge when two communities collide


Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Posted on Wednesday 14 January 2015

Ask us your questions and chat with students on 4th February


Royal Institution talk

Posted on Monday 12 January 2015

Professor Sven Mattys delivered a public talk on his research on understanding speech.


How do we perceive and understand faces?

Posted on Friday 9 January 2015

Face expert Professor Andy Young explains.


Our Excellence in Research

Posted on Thursday 18 December 2014

The Department of Psychology at the University of York is ranked 4th out of 82 in the UK in the latest national research evaluation exercise.


Lifetime Achievement Award for Founding Professor

Posted on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Peter Venables receives the BPS Lifetime Achievement Award.


Psychology Graduation 2014

Posted on Thursday 17 July 2014

Friday 18th July is a very proud day for the department as our BSc Psychology students graduate.


York Honours Professor Anne Treisman

Posted on Thursday 17 July 2014

World-leading scientist returns to her Yorkshire roots.


Congratulations!

Posted on Monday 14 July 2014

Promotions for Dr Shirley-Ann Rueshemeyer and Dr Meesha Warmington